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GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS 2006 Ė WINNERS

CASHING IN ON THE GLOBES
The biggest surprise in the Golden Globe Awards for the films of 2005 is that Walk the Line and The Squid and The Whale are both categorised as Musical or Comedy, the former, a biopic of Johnny Cash but certainly no musical, winning the award, with Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix also collecting Globes. Can categories be so flexible, asks Andrew L. Urban, while applauding Brokeback Mountainís Award for Best Drama.

The vagaries of awards continue to bemuse observers Ė or at least this one observer. As we reported just last week, the Foreign Language category of the Oscars is a minefield of manipulation and politics. And as did the Golden Globes, the Academy also had to move beyond the labels of nationality, accepting Paradise Now as a film from Palestine. Which doesnít (yet) exist.

So the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose 80-plus members are the home of the Golden Globes, have further complicated our lives as movie biz observers by this latest move to call a spade a funny shovel. Walk the Line may have some amusing moments but itís not a comedy. It has songs in it, but itís not a musical. As for The Squid and the Whale, itís a drama with a few comedic elements (not that I recall laughing). Thank goodness, then, that Brokeback Mountain didnít prompt the HFPA to create a Gay Western category. (Iím kidding.)

But then the Golden Globes also place George Clooney in the Supporting Actor category for his role as Bob Barnes in Syriana. Barnes is the central character in the film. Likewise Scarlett Johansson in Match Point and Bob Hoskins in Mrs Henderson Presents. Luckily, there is only one Director category; none of the directors of Comedy or Musical films makes it into the six nominee slots.

Still, in this mad movie awards season, what matters is the sound of one envelope opening and many hands clapping to the words ďand the award goes to ÖĒ As long as there is an award, itís all a celebration of good movie making. And since no two movies are really comparable anyway, what does it matter if the categories are a bit blurred. The glitter on the red carpet will still twinkle Ö. And the Moet will still be visible on every table. Itís about the glamour, stupid.

THE WINNERS:
DRAMA
"Brokeback Mountain" -- Focus Features/River Road Entertainment;

DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica"

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"

MUSICAL OR COMEDY

"Walk the Line" -- 20th Century Fox;

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Joaquin Phoenix, "Walk the Line"

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

"Paradise Now" (Palestine) - Augustus Film/Lama Films/Razor Films/Lumen Films/Arte France Cinema/Hazazah Film; Warner Independent Pictures

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener"

SUPPORTING ACTOR

George Clooney, "Syriana"

SCREENPLAY
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, "Brokeback Mountain"

ORIGINAL SCORE
John Williams, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

ORIGINAL SONG
"A Love That Will Never Grow Old" -- "Brokeback Mountain"
Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla, Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin

Published January 18, 2006

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